Hayfever season (It’s coming ACHOOOOO)
By Bernadette Noonan.
Let me set the scene… it’s a beautiful day in Noarlunga; a lovely day for a walk along the Esplanade. You put on your shoes and head into the great outdoors. The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing, the flowers blossoming.
Absolutely perfect! Suddenly you sneeze. You hope you’re not getting sick. Ah well, not worth worrying about for now you think. Unexpectedly another escapes your nose. You notice your eyes have started watering a little too. Suddenly it dawns on you…..
You race back home barely able to see through the water now streaming down your face. The itching has started now. Oh no you think. I can’t go through this again. You get in the door and race straight to the calendar (which is conveniently located next to the mirror). You look at the calendar. It’s no longer August. You look in the mirror. Definitely not August. It’s September. It’s spring. It’s …………. HAYFEVER SEASON.
Hayfever, otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, is a common condition affecting 35.3% of Adelaide residents and 32% of Country SA residents. It is characterised by a runny nose, sneezing, sinus congestion, watery eyes and itchy eyes, ears and throat. Hayfever can be debilitating causing problems such as poor sleep, headaches, fatigue, sinus and ear infections and asthma.
The symptoms occur when the immune system perceives normally harmless substances such as pollens and grasses as threats to the body. This leads to an inflammatory response in the nasal passages where immune cells create antibodies and trigger the release of histamine. Histamine causes vasodilation and increased permeability of the capillaries in the nasal cavity leading to the unwelcome symptoms. Although commonly a condition of spring, some sufferers experience symptoms all year round due moulds, dust and animal fur. The symptoms are most commonly treated with anti-histamines and nasal sprays.
Did you know……
‘acupuncture is more effective than antihistamine drugs in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Acupuncture’s lack of side-effects is a distinct advantage in treating this condition…’ World Health Organisation
A recently published study from Melbourne, showed that 12 acupuncture treatments (3 per week over 4 weeks) lead to a significant relief from hayfever symptoms as reported by participants. This is possibly due to the anti-inflammatory effect of acupuncture which may reduce histamine levels in the body. The study indicated long lasting symptom relief and suggested treatments commence just before or at the start of hayfever season. Depending on the patient, it may be necessary to have ‘top up’ treatments each year or maintenance treatments throughout the season to keep hayfever at bay. Most promisingly, many patients also felt their overall quality of life improved with acupuncture treatments.
So if the thought of spring has you running for the tissue box faster than Usain Bolt, it’s time you made an appointment with one of our Acupuncturists at Kinetic Balance so you can nip hayfever in the (rose) bud!
P.S. Can’t stand the thought of needles? Never fear, laser acupuncture is here! The treatment is exactly the same, except a cold level laser is used in place of needles – pain free!!
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World Health Organisation (WHO), Acupuncture : Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trial. Available at: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf
Xue, C. Zhang, A. Zhang, C., DaCosta, C., Story, D. Thien, F. 2015, Acupuncture for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled trial. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 115 (4): 317 -324
Bernie is offering a Spring Special for the treatment of Hayfever – Initial consultation is $75 for 60mins and $50 for 45mins.
Acupuncture & Nutrition
Bernie is a qualified Acupuncturist and Nutritionist living and working on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula.
After completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, she went on to gain a Master of Applied Sciences (Acupuncture) through RMIT and Master of Human Nutrition through Deakin University.
With a strong interest in the link between digestive imbalances and the overall health of the body (pain, anxiety and lowered immune function), Bernie’s treatment aim is to support your body to return to a state of wellness using a blend of Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy and Western Medical advancement.
Bernie’s acupuncture technique is gentle and calming. Treatments may include acupuncture (needles), laser acupuncture, cupping, tuina (TCM Massage), moxibustion, TDP Heat Lamp, dietary therapy/ nutrition therapy and lifestyle advice.
She believes in ‘food as medicine’ and combines Chinese dietary therapy with Clinical Nutrition to come up with a treatment plan that is individual to you. She believes in a relaxed approach to eating based around seasonal wholefoods and the occasional treat.
She has great success and experience in treating and supporting:
- Digestive issues such as IBS, crohn’s, colitis, coeliac disease, food intolerances, reflux
- Stress and energy concerns such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, fatigue, post-viral infection, chronic fatigue syndrome
- Immune issues such as autoimmune disease, lowered immunity, recurring infections, hayfever and allergies
- Hormone imbalances including PCOS, irregular periods, PMS and fertility issues
- Arthritis and inflammatory conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Acute and chronic low back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Sporting injuries